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Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young

With the way the Magic went down in flames to the Hawks in six games the opening round, it was inevitable. Forget questions about Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith's future.

It's all about Dwight Howard.

Clearly the focus is on Howard because he is to be a free agent in 2012 and with the way the Magic appear to be stuck in sand right now in terms of getting to a championship caliber, most see Orlando's clock as ticking. And with this failure, it's like someone pulled the wrong wire on a ticking bomb and the timer just started moving double-time.

But give Howard some credit. He's trying to squash all this rumor talk about his future. He's said every right thing. He's said he loves Orlando. He's said he's not focusing on anything but the present. I for one, believe him. There's a natural comparison to LeBron for a lot of reasons, except for the fact Howard and LeBron are different people. They have different motivations, different ideas, different personalities.

So Howard is going on the rumor killing offense right now. As he told the Orlando Sentinel:
“There’s no need for me to comment on it. So, you know, let’s not even talk about it. There’s no need to bring it up. Right now, I’m going to figure out how can I get myself better for next season, not about what team I want to play for. But right now I’m with the Magic, so all the speculation can stop. There’s no need to talk about it.”
Nice try, Dwight. But you know that's not going to put any kind of end to it. Otis Smith already tried to make it extremely clear that he wouldn't be Melo-ing Howard and trading him to avoid him walking. Smith has said he's prepared to take the chance of letting him make his choice.

Howard though, wasn't done with his offensive on the rumors. According to HoopsWorld, Howard singled out Ric Bucher of ESPN who has passed along things like Howard wants to go to the Lakers, among other things. Howard straight asked Bucher, "Where am I going, so I can tell my agent and my family?”

The sad part is, if Howard's frustrated with this now, it's only going to get worse and worse they closer the clock to 2012 ticks to. This isn't a bad Roland Emerich movie. July 1, 2012 could indeed be armageddon for the Magic franchise.

It must be noted though, Howard could put an end to all of this speculation right now by signing an extension. The offer is there and if he wanted to, he could re-up with the Magic. I don't blame him for not because why not let this play out and see what happens? Why not get another look at the direction of the franchise next year? But it needs to be mentioned that Howard could stop it tomorrow.

Other teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Nets and Lakers appear to be positioning to pounce on Howard. We all want to know right now what's going to happen because that's our nature, but here's one thing we do know: Howard will be playing at least one more season in Orlando. And he'd like it very much if we all just kept that as the focus.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:06 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

To Boston Baby, just think about it.....u've got Rojon Rondo, KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Howard.... how sick of a line up would that be. And Once KG, Paul and Ray Retire..... u still got Rondo, Big Baby, Jeff Green , Krstic and howard. Green can post and shoot the three, he is more like a younger paul pierce.... and they have a good coach under Doc and its a franchise full of History.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:33 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

he's taking his talents to boston..

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:31 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

Won't happen, Bosh and Wade are buddies, gettin rid of Bosh so early in their "Big 3" journey would totally diminish their agreement.  Of course it depends on how far the Heat can go this post season.  And even if they get Howard, LBJ wouldn't get his triple doubles as Dwight would eat up all the rebounds.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:31 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

good point Ram boy.  What are the Knicks missing?  A defensive force to stop anything coming through the middle.  Hmmm...Howard obviously can't figure that out right?  No one wants to play w/ a 45 year old Kobe.  The Lakers are about to go on a decline.  We already see it this season.  Bosh for Howard isn't happening.  The best deal for Orlando would be Amare for Howard.

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:24 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

He's taking his talents to South Beach! I would pee my pants if he said this in a joke. That would be awesome. The entire sports community would come unglued....

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:53 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

@jjwins: no, we cant say 70-12 for the knicks next season. but i'll tell u what u can say is 0-4. that is what we know for sure.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:42 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

Didn't the Magic just got eliminated last night from the playoffs? Give him time to get use to the idea that he'll be watching the rest of the playoffs just like most of us and once the season is over, he'll be thinking about the ring that keeps eluding him and I'm sure he will decide which team will be the best chance of him winning that ring. Staying is Orlando is not going to win him the championship unless if the Magic starts bringing in better supporting players to play around Dwight, we all know that. If he goes to NY Knicks, wow, bye bye Heat. But than again, if the Magic can somehow get CP3 to Orlando, that would be a major upgrade 4sho.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:41 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

i love how van gundy threw jj reddick under the bus for missing a 3-point shot at the end of the game in the post game conference. if u ask me, van gundy got out-coached and most the blame should be put on him. and then u also have this j. nelson who decide to trash talk and proclaim that they would be playing the bulls in the 2nd round. total bulletin board material. talk about disrespectful. maybe he was talking bout next year? is hedo turkoglu a pro basketball player or a brick-layer? i love how hedo sat out a game last season due to illness and then is spotted out at the night clubs later that same night. enough said...what a disfunctional bunch. although howard plays like a thug at times, this team would be in shambles w/ out em. i doubt they would even make the playoffs it it wasnt for howard. this team is now in a tailspin and i dunno if they can ever recover if they loose howard.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:33 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

So you're saying that Orlando would gladly take Bosh for Howard, and that somehow Miami could afford to pay Howard what he wanted, along with the other two guys?  Why not just go ahead and trade for Chris Paul and Derrick Rose while they're at it?

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:19 pm

Howard really doesn't want to talk free agency

It won't matter where he wants to go.  The new agreement is going to let clubs put a franchise tag on players.  If that doesn't happen, I could see him going to the Lakers.  With the triangle offense, he wouldn't have to move as much as SVG has him moving on offense.  It's easy street for centers in the triangle, and he would always be in a position to pad his offensive rebound numbers and get easy putbacks.  Also, he will be even more rested and effective on the defensive end.  I don't see anyone challenging him for DPOY any time soon either way.

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